Purdue announces Hazell's contract at $2 million per season

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STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- New Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell will earn at least twice the salary of his predecessor.

The school announced Saturday that its Board of Trustees had approved the hiring of Hazell at a base annual salary of $2 million including radio, television and marketing appearances plus as much as $1 million more in bonuses. Former coach Danny Hope earned a Big Ten low of $950,000 annually.

Purdue also will lend Hazell $725,000 interest-free to cover the cost of his buyout at Kent State, where he was head coach for the last two seasons. The school says the loan will be forgiven in installments over time as Hazell meets the conditions of his six-year contract.

The 48-year-old Hazell also will have $2.1 million to pay assistant coaches.

Hazell will coach the Golden Flashes in the GoDaddy.com bowl on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala. He, along with selected KSU players, will sign autographs on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Laziza restaurant in Kent's Acorn Alley.

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